Find Your Passion: 25 Questions You Must Ask Yourself by Henri Junttila is a self-help book that encourages people to find their passion and get the life they want.
Finding your passion is about exploration, living the life of your dreams, getting out of your comfort zone, overcoming obstacles and bringing out your inner joy.
To identify and live your passion, Henri Junttila poses 25 questions that will help you assess yourself, overcome roadblocks and successfully create your life goals.
First, you must get to know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, your interests.
Your definition of passion
According to Henri Junttila, you must first discover what the word passion means to you and what it means to people around you. You must also be able to envision yourself living a passionate life and find out how it feels to be passionate.
Keep in mind that your passion is personal, internal and intrinsic to your being. It is not what society, friends and family tell you it should be.
Talents, strengths and weaknesses
Everyone has a gift and it is your duty to find out what you are gifted at because most of the time, your passions lie within your gifts.
Besides, tapping into your strengths will make you a happier person. Not doing so will definitely make you feel miserable, out of focus, burnt out.
It is therefore detrimental to:
- Explore every single one of your interests and natural inclinations. For example, what do you find yourself naturally talking about? People can have several passions. They should explore all of them and see which ones resonates the most.
- Remind yourself of your dreams, strengths and passions as a child.
- Analyze the reasons why you are interested in certain activities.
- Evaluate the advice that is requested from you and the advice that you give.
- Take strengths and weaknesses assessment tests.
- Analyze your situation, how people feel about you.
- Do things that are out of your comfort zone.
- Value your natural gifts.
- Find out how you can apply your strengths in different areas of your life.
- Don’t take advice from people but instead follow your gut.
- Strengthen the connection to your inner voice. Your intuition has your best interest and can never lead you astray.
- Determine what angers and disturbs you so you can avoid settling for mediocrity.
Making A Life Plan
Goals ate milestones. They are there to measure your progress and your passion.
- Figure out your life goals in five or ten years.
- Identify the pros and the cons of success. Check if they are worthwhile and if you can tolerate them. Usually the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.
- Work like you will succeed and dream like you cannot fail.
- Visualize your goals, yourself living a successful life and take the steps needed to achieve that.
- Detail your plan and the life you want.
- Improve your problem solving sills.
- Don’t make assumptions.
Finding Your Passion and Self-sabotaging
We are sometimes our worst enemy. Our assumptions about people or about ourselves are hard to shift or to disable. And sometimes, they can hold us back.
To get rid of the debilitating assumptions that you make about yourself:
- Find out what you hate, what would hinder you as a human being, what you wouldn’t do, what would go against your core values.
- Trust your gut.
- Don’t impose limits to your imagination.
- Change your perspective on your problems.
- Review your systems of belief and integrate the ideas needed to succeed.
- Don’t listen to naysayers. This is hard because naysayers are mostly family and close friends who are afraid of facing their own realities and who are afraid that you will outgrow them.
- Dream big but don’t settle.
- Don’t give up on yourself and your dreams.
- Don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed.
Overcoming Factors Out Of Your Control
In life, there a numerous obstacles to success and to happiness: money, death and other factors.
Indeed, money or lack thereof is limiting. People need money to go after their passion, to recover from failure, to have the opportunity to explore, to remove fear.
However, finding your passion is all about being resilient and understanding that not everything is going to go your way. You must also:
- Understand that to every problem there are multiple solutions.
- Understand that nothing will never be perfect and that there is no right time to start.
- Don’t be afraid of failure or of success. Work like you cannot fail.
- Follow your passion whether you have money or not.
- Even when facing obstacles or feeling stuck, take baby steps no matter what.
- Think about your own death and the legacy you want to leave. Thinking about your own death will help you prioritize and focus on the essentials.
Find Your Passion: 25 Questions You Must Ask Yourself by Henri Junttila is a relatable, quick and easy to read book that helps you to get to know and love yourself just the way you are.
It is primarily written for people who feel lost in the world, who are fearful, who go through life without passion or without a clear purpose.
The silver lining is that it’s never too late to find and follow your passions.
In Find Your Passion: 25 Questions You Must Ask Yourself, Henri Junttila was able to share all this useful information in such a concise book.
He also provides us with additional insightful questions and a complete workbook, which makes the book completely unreadable without a paper and a pen.
It is imperative that you keep this book close by, that you take your time to answer these questions and that you don’t censor yourself. Your answers may not come to you at first but you can always revisit the book.
Be authentic with the world and with yourself and you will never fail.
When I see people limit themselves, I get angry. I see the potential in people, but they don’t do anything about it. They settle for mediocrity, and they believe they can’t do better.
Living a passionate life doesn’t happen overnight. It’s hard work, and it’s not as glamorous as people make it out to be. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go after it. It simply means that it takes more work than you’d expect.